Letter: A wonderful Christmas in Kingman

What a beautiful city! This Christmas I decided to pass on travel expenses, rude mall clerks and even worse shoppers and instead I opted to "shop local." With a short budget and a Christmas list as tall as I am, I wasn't sure how I would fare. I went to big stores and little stores, dollar stores, discount stores, gift shops, specialty shops, book stores, drug stores, home improvement stores, clothing stores even grocery stores.

Being the procrastinator that I am, I left only the last weekend before Christmas to complete my task, and having more than 20 loved ones on my list, I admit that I was a little skeptical that it could be done. I found some of the greatest treasures at some of our smallest vendors: a train engine for my son at the swap meet and a map for a relative at the Powerhouse Visitors Center. And at the end of those two days, I was done.

I had found treasures for everyone on my list. And I did it without shopping online or driving two hours to stand in long lines and fight over that last Elmo. And for those of you who didn't think it could be done, much less the weekend before Christmas, you missed out. As I drove around town, I admired the majestic snow-dusted Hualapais and reveled in the friendly greetings of familiar faces at the stores and shops I love, and I realized that Christmas in Kingman is a real find.

Denell Noble

Kingman